Covid curbs scandalous, says Revolution Bars chief

Covid curbs scandalous, says Revolution Bars chief

The boss of UK bar chain Revolution Bars has launched a scathing attack on the government’s coronavirus curbs,

Chief executive Rob Pitcher said the government’s actions towards bars and late-night hospitality were “nothing short of scandalous”.

He accused it of “deliberately sacrificing businesses and people’s livelihoods”.

“It has little evidence to justify the severe restrictions that have been imposed,” he added.

Mr Pitcher said government grants of £1,000 per pub as compensation for being forced to close were “derisory and insulting”.

They underlined “a complete lack of understanding of the costs associated with businesses of this nature (even when they are shut) or any sympathy for the consequences of their inept decisions”.

His comments came as Revolution announced its preliminary results for the year to 27 June.

It posted a statutory pre-tax loss of £31.7m, compared with a loss of £5.6m the previous year.

The group’s bars were closed during the last 14 weeks of the trading period because of Covid lockdown measures.

“The next few months will continue to be challenging and entirely dependent on imposed operating restrictions,” Mr Pitcher said.

“Further meaningful government support will be required to help safeguard the industry and avoid further job losses, particularly for young people.

“However, given the actions we have taken to secure the future of the business, I am confident that Revolution will emerge from this crisis as a more focused business, and in a strong position relative to our competition, ready to seize any opportunities that arise.”

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